60,000 people expected for NYE on Sixth Street



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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 8:28 PM

AUSTIN -- Thousands will ring in the new year on Sixth Street Tuesday night. Many bar owners expect to be at capacity as their venues will be full of people celebrating the final hours of 2013.

"Heard that's where the party is," said visitor Tyson Vap.

Vap drove in from Kansas to ring in the year.

"We heard it's a good time, so we thought we'd come try it out," Vap said.

Sixty thousand people are expected to fill 6th Street for New Year's Eve, compared to a typical Friday or Saturday night when the bar owners see about 40,000 visitors.

Bob Woody has been called the mayor of East Sixth Street. He owns or has a hand in more than 25 bars and venues downtown.

"It is one of the biggest nights of the year for all of us," Woody said.

Not including music and entertainment, he said it cost him more than $5,000 for party favors and decorations at three of his bars.

"We start in about September placing our orders for our goodies and stuff we're going to give our customers and things like that," Woody said.

On West Sixth Street, staff inside J. Black's said they are also expecting to be at capacity.

"By 9 or 10 p.m. it's going to be completely full," said J. Black's owner Sean Fric.

There are only a few tickets left for their party.

"This is our sixth New Year's Eve, and we've sold out every year," Fric said. "We know every bar down here is going to be full."

These bar owners said the flashy decorations and even a ball drop to ring in the new year
will make this year's 6th Street celebration the best yet.

"Just like Times Square on a smaller scale," Woody said, laughing.

The ball sits on the corner of Sixth and Trinity streets.